Religion: Ministers in Foxholes?

New York's Union Theological Seminary had a housing problem. Faced with an unexpected influx of 60-odd returned veterans next semester (two-thirds of them married, some with children) Henry Pitney Van Dusen's interdenominational residence halls were stumped. Union's housing problem spotlighted a broader and more interesting question: has the war turned more young men than usual to the service of God?

Some thought it had. Religious News Service talked about the "large number of applications pouring into seminaries and theological schools from servicemen" as "one of the war's most striking aftermaths." But the American Association of Theological Schools found no change in overall...